Inside the fish

Still not a lot to say, so I painted today!

And wrote a silly poem while painting.

Inside the fish

Trapped in the pit of the belly of a fish

In despair and fear, Jonah’s only wish

Should have gone to Nineveh, instead I ran to Tarshish


Three days in the dark wishing he was dead

In the cold and the stench, seaweed wrapped around his head

Crying out to God, wished he’d listened to what He’d said


Vomited on a beach, now ready to preach

Depression and fear, no longer are near

So looking at this story, we’ve been saved by God’s grace

Like my friend Jonah, the emotional basket case.


Jonah 2:1-10


26 thoughts on “Inside the fish

    • Hi Alli,
      No….you have been saying this since 1996.
      You know I have no confidence with things like that.
      You will have to get your butt back from Barbados and exhibit for me.
      Love and hugs. xx πŸ™‚

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  2. A very creative painting — and most expressive poem to go with it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a visual interpretation of ‘inside the belly of the fish’!! Now, whenever I think of Jonah, I will picture him in YOUR painting ~~~ Ha! We all need to learn from Jonah’s experiences going ‘the wrong way’ — I LOVE the last line of the poem! =)

    • Hello Little Things of Life,
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my post. I love getting comments.
      I am on the Autistic spectrum and I see everything in pictures. My mind never seems to stop.
      I wrote this poem and painted this picture while in the middle of an Autistic shutdown.
      Reading my Bible and praying is something that helps me through.
      I relate a lot to Jonah, the image I have of being stuck in the dark and cold inside the belly of a fish, feeling trapped by the seaweed going round and round my head, is very much how I feel when I’m in a shutdown.
      I can’t do much more than paint when I’m there. I’m learning how to come through them quicker now I have friends who help me to understnad my Aspie ways. I learn slowly because of my dyslexia, but I believe God helps me to find what I need and when I need it.
      I will pop over to your blog for a look around soon.
      Love and hugs.
      Lisa. xx πŸ™‚

      • I’m so glad you have friends to help — and that you feel God’s presence and guidance during the difficult times in your life. =) He promises to be there for all of us when we need Him, if we will but seek Him — which you are doing through Bible study and prayer!

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  6. Whoa! I’ve always pictured Jonah locked in utter blackness … but I’ll never picture him that way again. And all those little fishies floating around him … all longing to be set free like Mr Jonah. (No froggies in the fish’s belly I see πŸ™‚ )

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